New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, the Rs 50,000 crore mega scheme to provide jobs to the migrant workers who returned to their respective villages during the coronavirus-mandated lockdown.

The mega job scheme will roll out in 116 districts across the country, in which the maximum number of migrant workers have returned. Under the Garib Kalyan Rojgaar Yojana, 25 other existing schemes were brought together to provide livelihood for migrant workers for 125 days and create assets for these districts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while unveiling the mega job scheme from Khagaria district in Bihar via video conferencing said that the scheme is inspired by the migrants and termed the day as historic.

"Today is a historic day, a scheme for the welfare and for the livelihood of the poor has been started. It is dedicated to the workers, to the youths and women living in villages. The majority of these include those who have returned to their villages during the lockdown, they want to develop their village through their efforts and skill," Modi said at the launch of the event.

 

"Today, this scheme is being launched from Bihar's Khagaria. We aim to help people get livelihoods near their homes," PM Modi said. "This scheme has been inspired by migrant workers," he added.

"Migrants will be provided jobs near their homes. So far, you were using your talent for the progress of the cities. Now you will help in the development of your villages, your neighbourhoods," PM Modi said.

Beginning his address the Prime Minister said that every Bihari is proud of the valour shown by the personnel of 16 Bihar regiment in the violent face-off with Chinese troops which took place on June 15-16 in Ladakh.

 

"The country is proud of the sacrifice made by our braves in Ladakh. Today when I am speaking to people of Bihar, I will say the valour was of Bihar Regiment, every Bihari is proud of it. I pay tributes to the braves who laid down their lives for the nation," Modi said in his address.

The launch of the event was attended by Union Minister for Rural Development Narendra Singh Tomar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, his Bihar counterpart Nitish Kumar, and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and CM Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot.

This Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan with a duration of 125 days, will work in mission mode and involve focused implementation of 25 categories of works or activities in 116 districts, each with a large concentration of returnee workers in 6 states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha.

Public works undertaken under this campaign will have a resource envelope of Rs 50,000 crore with the objective to provide livelihood opportunity to workers who have returned to their native places and other affected people residing in villages.

 

(With ANI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan